Lucas was born and raised in Belmond, and attended Belmond-Klemme Community Schools. During high school Lucas was involved in National Honor Society, wrestling, cross country, and Thespians. He was also selected to be a legislative page in the Iowa Senate in his senior year, and was awarded the Iowa Bar Association Citizenship Award. Lucas graduated from Belmond-Klemme High School in 2003.
Lucas continued his education at Drake University in Des Moines and received a bachelor's degree from the College of Business and Public Administration. He was involved with the Drake Democrats and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Sigma Chi gave him the opportunity to serve in various elected and appointed positions and volunteer for countless hours of community service.
While attending Drake, Lucas also continued to work in state government full-time during the legislative session. In 2005 he worked as an intern for the Senate Democratic Caucus Staff, in 2006 he worked as the assistant to state Representative Deborah Berry, and in 2007 he worked as the assistant to state Senator Jack Hatch. He also volunteered for the John Kerry presidential campaign for most of 2003 and 2004, and for the Rich Olive campaign for Iowa Senate during the summer of 2006.
While in high school and early college Lucas found seasonal jobs in Belmond during the summer months. Throughout these years Lucas worked at Mycogen Seeds, Eaton Corporation, and the Luick Pool as both a lifeguard and swimming lessons instructor.
In the spring of 2005 Lucas enlisted in the Iowa National Guard. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training between his sophomore and junior years of college. Lucas was mobilized for active duty in the spring of 2007, and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as a member of Alpha Troop, 1-113th Cavalry Regiment. Lucas and his unit arrived back to Iowa in late April of 2008. Lucas also served on state duty in response to the blizzards of 2007 and federal duty in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Lucas was elected to represent Belmond and the surrounding area on the Wright County Board of Supervisors in November of 2008 and took office in January of 2009. In January 2010 he was elected by his colleagues to serve as chairman of the board for 2010.
During his term on the Board of Supervisors, Lucas completed work on a masters degree in public administration with a concentration in human resources from American Military University.
In 2010 Lucas was appointed by Governor Chet Culver to serve on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. He was re-appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011. He currently serves on the program development committee, Volunteer Hall of Fame review committee, and serves as chairman of the grant review committee.
Lucas is a member of the Belmond Lions Club and currently serves as the secretary. He is a member of the Wright County Democrats central committee and currently serves as treasurer.
Lucas was honored to receive the 2010 Belmond Community Award for Junior Distinguished Service and a 2011 Governor's Volunteer Award.